One of the most frequent questions I get is: "How am I going to pay the attorney's fees and costs for a bankruptcy?"
Yes, we know you're seemingly strapped, but you actually have more resources than you realize.
Here are some:
1) Stop paying on the debt you are going to discharge anyway. In bankruptcy, almost all debts are dischargeable (wiped out). (There are a few, such as governmental fines, recent taxes, etc., but your bankruptcy attorney will identify them and discuss them with you.) The majority, such as credit cards, unsecured lines of credit, judgments, will be gone. Stop paying immediately and save up that money to finance your case. These are professional lenders, they understand.
And, by the way, once you hire an lawyer, you can stop the collector calls by simply telling them you have hired a bankruptcy attorney to prepare a case. Give them the name of your attorney, because they will call to confirm, and the calls will stop.
Professional lenders know they will be violating a court order by calling once you have filed, and since they don't know when you will file, as a matter of company policy, they usually stop the calls altogether. Whew.